Eskom announces stage 6 loadshedding - Here’s Polokwane’s schedule


South Africa was plunged into chaotic darkness on Monday evening: Unprecedented Stage 6 load shedding was enforced following a series of disasters at multiple plans.

"While progress has been made with coal handling at Medupi Power Station, breakdowns are at 15 200MW as at 5.43am today [10 December] The incessant rains continue to impact coal handling and operations at our power stations".

Another factor contributing to the power shortage is the persistent rainfall, which has caused flooding at some power stations.

He also explained that poor maintenance and a lack of planning are among the reasons we are experiencing such severe load shedding, as well as the wet coal that contributes to not having electricity. Alternative green power solutions should be looked into.

Eskom's emergency response command centre and technical teams will be working through the night to restore units as soon as possible, it said. The higher the stage, the higher the quantity of electricity that needs to be shed, which means that load-shedding will be implemented more often at each level.

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Stage 6 allows for up to 6,000MW to be shed from the national grid, equivalent to about 12% of Eskom's nominal total capacity.

Even during this stage, approximately 80 per cent of the country's demand is still being met.

Eskom will keep you updated.

"We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience during this hard period", said Eskom.

The term "Stage 6" is trending online and numerous municipal websites as well as Eskom's have crashed due to being inundated with users.